review The "city girl" of the title is Irish lass Eileen Reagan Sullivan, who can easily control a bicycle and maneuver her way around New York City, but whose deeply unhappy past prevents her from being truly joyous. Following an ad for a governess/nanny, she arrives in Texas only to find that life is quite different here.
With all romances, the formula is the same: boy meets girl (Cash Rawlings is a ranch owner who attends the same church as Reagan's landlords), boy loses girl (Reagan is vehemently anti-marriage), conflict ensues (Reagan is an unbeliever and Cash is a Christian, precluding their dating), and finally boy wins girl (Reagan converts and they live happily ever after) but Wick is a good writer who has a feel for the characters. Cash is a dream man: gentle, caring, kind, intelligent, and strong. Reagan is a bit too naive for her own good, but has a winning personality and moxie.
The preachy tone of the book will undoubtedly turn off some readers, but I loved reading about how Cash very gently courts Reagan, knowing that she doesn't trust men entirely due to her background. Would that all men were this considerate.
Lori Wick never fails to entertain, and I usually learn something myself along the way. I have read all of her books, and recommend them all wholeheartedly. Enjoy!